House of Cards: Question For Big Government Supporters


A commenter on the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) House of Cards message board asks, “If you find this show to be a reflection of reality for U.S. politics, namely, that the vast majority of politicians are narcissists looking to secure their ‘legacy’ and are simply parading as caring compatriots, how do you rationalize maintaining or expanding the current bloated system?”

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Liberal Fantasy Or Not, Washington Could Use A Dose Of Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing Idealism

The West Wing is one of the finest shows to ever appear on television, and I’m only sorry I didn’t watch it during its original run, which began 14 years ago. It’s funny, people refer to The West Wing as a 90s show, but only 10 of the 154 episodes aired in that decade. But it was obvious the show, particularly in the early seasons, was heavily influenced by Clinton-era topics like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, free-trade agreements, and even gun control. When Aaron Sorkin’s White House drama appeared on Netflix in the summer of 2012, I binge-watched the entire seven seasons in under three months. Yes, the show is that good.

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VIDEO: White House Correspondents’ Dinner: ‘House of Cards’ Spoof

I’m a big fan of Netflix’s House of Cards, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should. The entire first season is excellent, but you could watch just for Kevin Spacey’s performance alone. In a sign of just how successful this online series is, last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner opened with a “House of Cards” spoof titled “House of Nerds.”

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Hey Mississippi, Better Late Than Never On That Slavery Thing

Lincoln - movieIn what appears to be another reason for conservatives to hate liberal Hollywood, the movie “Lincoln” has led to ratification of the 13th Amendment by Mississippi. This amendment is more commonly known as the official end to slavery in America. Alright, that’s not fair, I should clarify by saying that “most” modern conservatives support the 13th Amendment. Is that better?

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House of Cards Review: Frank Underwood’s Insatiable Hunger For Power

In one of Frank Underwood’s many asides, delivered with great aplomb by Kevin Spacey, he breaks the fourth wall to say, “Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.” Those two sentences capture the essence of the main character and great antihero of a dark, almost sinister political drama.

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